June is national pet preparedness month and we’d like to talk about keeping your pet safe and healthy in the event of a natural disaster. What would you do if your home was struck by a flood, fire, hurricane, earthquake, or tornado?
Residents in Texas found themselves in a nightmare situation when massive flooding struck, driving many from their homes. Many pets became lost or separated from their families during the storms and subsequent flooding, and animal shelters in the area were unable to care for the dogs and cats they already had, let alone take in more. We’ve prepared a few tips to help you keep your beloved pet safe in a natural or man-made disaster.
Pet Preparedness Month Tips
1. Microchip your pet. Microchipping is by far one of the best things you can do to help your pet should he or she become separated from your family. It costs around $50 and can be done in just a few minutes. Call your veterinarian for an appointment today if your pet is not already microchipped.
2. Pack a go-bag for your pets. Include essentials like fresh water, food and water bowls, a supply of food, treats, and a few comfort items. You can also include copies of your pets’ immunization records and veterinarian information. Keeping current picture of your pets in the bag can also help you locate them more quickly if you are separated from your pet. Keep this bag packed and easy to access at all times. Include at extra collar, leash, and ID tags- just in case.
The ASPCA recommends including the following:
Here’s a handy list from the AVMA of what to include if you make your own:
4. Practice fire drills with your pet and have a evacuation plan in place before a disaster strikes.
The ASPCA recommends:
6. Put rescue alert stickers on your windows so emergency responders know there are pets in the home.
7. Have a prepared list of emergency boarding places for your pets. Your veterinarian can assist in finding local kennels and shelter that take pets in an emergency.
Disasters can strike at any time. Being prepared can help save a life. Take the time today to prepare your pets for an unforeseen disaster.
The ASPCA has a special app for pet parents designed specifically for disaster preparedness. You can get more information about their app here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/aspca-launches-mobile-app-pet-parents.
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